To associate with Urjayati:
- Read the “Know the Children“ page to find out the personal stories of the kids we are working for (It is a list that we keep adding to whenever we find a child we want to help)
- Consider being a donor – either email us to make a donation, or hit the “Donate Now” button to donate via crowdsourcing website Milaap
- Consider being a mentor and email us with the details on the “Mentor a Child” page
- Spread the word. (We know different people have different causes they identify with and care about. So whether or not you want to be a donor or a mentor for Urjayati, if you think our cause is something a friend or relative of yours might feel strongly about, tell them about us.)
For details about being a DONOR or a MENTOR, read on.
INFORMATION FOR DONORS
Let us declare at the outset that we are not an NGO. Yet. Which means two things.
- We cannot offer any tax exemption certificates to you for your donations (so if you are going to donate, we know you are doing this out of the goodness of your heart ONLY!)
- We do not have an NGO bank account or a payment gateway to route your funds yet (so we can understand if you might have trust issues)
We primarily collect funds for the kids in three ways.
- Through “Raddi Collection and Sale”. We conduct collection drives where people give us their old newspapers, and metal or plastic they want to dispose of. We sell these and disburse the funds to the kids. (You can read about our first raddi sale on the “ Events and Updates” page)
- Through crowd-funding. We are running a campaign on the crowd-funding website called Milaap. Here you can donate in any currency, and through credit/debit card or netbanking. Approximately 92% of the amount donated by you comes to us for disbursal to the kids, after the 8% service fees and other charges levied by the portal.To donate to our cause via crowdfunding on Milaap click on – https://milaap.org/campaigns/Urjayati OR “Donate Now”
- Through personal donations. If you want to personally get in touch with us to make a contribution, you can go through the profiles of the children on the “Know the Children“ page, and email us about your interest. We will discuss the best way in which you can transfer funds for the project.
Personal donations help in one major way – 100% of your donation is used for the kids, since no service charges are levied on it, as in the case of crowd-funding through Milaap.
We stay in touch with you to give you periodic updates about how your funds have been utilized to make a difference to the lives of the children.
You can donate any amount you want, with whatever frequency you choose.
You can donate a lump-sum amount or break it up over a few months.
You can donate for a particular child you connect with, or to the corpus of the project itself if you have no child-specific preferences.
How do we ensure proper utilization of the funds, you ask?
With the help of the mentors, we stay in touch with
- The family of the child, to ensure funds are disbursed against receipts whenever applicable
- The school and teachers, to ensure the child is going to school regularly
- The child, to qualitatively evaluate progress in school
Based on monthly reports by the mentors and our own association with the children, their families and teachers, we decide to continue or discontinue funding the child for the months that follow.
INFORMATION FOR MENTORS
India’s progress story may be making news today but there are many children who, for various reasons, continue to drop out of school and are unable to complete even their basic education. Growing up, we were privileged to have someone to look up to, someone to guide us. These little ones are in search of that one chance to have someone they can call their ROLE MODEL or GUIDE. Urjayati looks for mentors who can guide these kids with one-to-one mentoring sessions to create a nurturing space. And you could be that person.
The long and short of the mentorship program is as follows.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Go to the “Know the Children“ page, read their personal stories and pick a child to whom a mentor has not been assigned yet. Send us an email with the details on the “Mentor a Child” page and we will get in touch with you to further the process. If you do not have any child-specific preferences, mention that in the email and we will assign a child to you on a need-basis.
Our mentors not only have an impact on the child, but a trickle down impact on the family of the child too.
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR: Anyone with the will to give back to society (but above 18 years of age)
FREQUENCY: Minimum twice a month
TIME and VENUE: Flexible (Currently in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata)
WHO WILL YOU BE MENTORING: A child from the nearby slum, who has either dropped out of school or is not going at all, due to financial trouble or lack of motivation in their current environment. Children will be between the ages of approximately 8-16 years.
- Frequency of mentoring: For a mentoring relationship to have an impact on a child, a mentor will need to meet the kid or mentee at least twice a month where the 2nd meeting will be an evaluation meeting to assess the progress of the child in school.
- Relationship building with the child’s family: In the first few sessions the mentor needs to build rapport with the kid and his/her family members. Ideally, this will be possible only if the mentor makes at least one or two visits to the child’s house and meets the family. We understand that visiting a slum might be out of your comfort zone, and we will accompany you in the first meeting. But we assure you it will create an impact on you.
- Relationship building with the child: As a mentor, you will have to familiarize yourself with any problems the child might be facing in school, any behavioral changes that have come about in the child, and from time to time, update the parents of the kid’s progress so that they feel encouraged to continue sending the child to school.
- Monthly confirmation of the child having a minimum attendance in school:The mentor needs to ensure that the funding being given to the child is being put to use to send the child to school regularly, and that the child is not sitting at home or going back to work while we fund his education. For this, we want to ensure a minimum of 75% attendance in school in any given month, which is usually the norm for government schemes too in public schools. In order to ensure this, the mentor will have to develop a rapport with the class teacher and headmaster of the school in which the child is enrolled and confirm the child’s monthly attendance. This can be done over the phone or occasionally, by making a surprise visit to the school too. We will accompany you to the first school visit to get you acquainted with the headmaster and the teacher. Following visits or phone calls will be as per your discretion.
- Monthly child evaluation: As a mentor you will need to know that the child is not just going to school but also learning something. Mentors will have to conduct a monthly evaluation and fill up a child review form (online or hard copy) for assessing the progress of the child. The child review form and basic outline of the evaluation process will be shared with the mentor from our side.
WHAT THE CHILD CAN GET FROM THE MENTORING PROCESS
- The child should be able to reflect on his actions and thoughts through creative activities. We will share an Activity Guide with you, which will have the designs of the first few sessions and details of how you can engage with the kids in different ways.
- The child should get some idea about his/her interest areas/ambition in life with the help of the mentor.
- The mentoring relationship will have trickled down to the family if the child can be able to create a positive environment at home by helping their siblings to study and encouraging parents to get involved in it.
- The child and the family should be able to understand the benefits of completing a minimum education till class 10 and the disadvantages of not doing so. We will provide you with a list of professions that require this minimum education, which can be used as examples to convince the parents and the child to not drop out again.
- The child needs to be more confident about his/her own self.